Career and Professional Development Center

  • IUP Career Expo

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

    Due to ongoing concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Career and Professional Development Center will be temporarily closed. You may contact our staff through email ( or by calling 724-357-2235. We will be checking voicemail regularly. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Download the poster for Job and Internship Search Tips

    IUP Career and Professional Development Center:
    We’re here to support and assist you!

    Fall 2020 CPDC Calendar: Please join us for these virtual events! Links will be provided closer to the event.



    • 7 - Food for Thought: Career Lunch and Learn, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
    • 12 - Roving Resume Reviews, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
    • 14* - Everything Will Be Okay - Staying Resilient in Your Job Search with Dr. Tammy Manko, 6:00 pm.
    • 19* - Alumni Panel: Metropolitan Careers, Co-Sponsored by Office of Alumni and Friends (followed by networking with panelists), Six O’Clock Series, 6:00 p.m.
    • 21* - Western PA Collegiate Career Fair, sponsored by WestPACS, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Registration required via
    • 26* - Designing Tomorrow: Crafting a Life of Purpose and Joy with Dr. John Rindy, Six O’Clock Series, 6:00 p.m.


    • 5 - Is This Unprofessional? Debunking Professionalism Myths and Workplace Etiquette (followed by networking), 6:00 p.m.
    • 9-10* - Etiquette Dinners, 5:30 p.m. Registration required via IUP CPDC.
    • 12 - Roving Resume reviews, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
    • 16 - Food for Thought: Career Lunch and Learn, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

    *These events are part of the IUP Career Ready Seminar Series. The Career Ready Seminar Series provides an overview of key competencies which impending graduates need to learn and develop to be successful as they make the transition from higher education into the professional world of work. Learn about a professional topic and have the opportunity to network with industry professionals!

    Job and Internship Search Tips 

    • Action Step #1 - Know yourself and what you want
    • Action Step #2 - Prepare your job search materials
    • Action Step #3 - Leverage your network
    • Action Step #4 - Apply for jobs or internships
    • Action Step #5 - Differentiate yourself
    • Action Step #6 - Prepare for interviews
    • Action Step #7 - Negotiate the job offer 

    CPDC Video Programming

  • As we continue to move through this challenging time, the CPDC is adapting to ensure that your career planning needs are still met and other associated work is achieved. To this end…

    • While we’ve offered virtual appointments for some time now, we are moving all appointments to remote offerings (i.e., phone and Zoom) until further notice.

    Handshake Hello

    Connect with Handshake, a comprehensive online career and internship resource offering powerful search tools and alerts. IUP students and alumni are provided with a free account, giving you access to more than 1 million jobs posted by 200,000 companies, nonprofit groups, and government organizations nationwide to help you find jobs that best fit your skills and interests. 

    The Three Must-Haves on Your Handshake Profile!

  • Fall 2020 Recruitment Events 

    While we are planning for a robust fall career fair season, the health and safety of our students, staff, and employer partners remains our highest priority. The majority of our career-related events will be held virtually throughout the fall 2020 semester.

    • Accounting Career Day – Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Virtual event—information will be indicated once details are finalized.
    • Safety Sciences Career Fair – Thursday, September 24, 2020, 1:00–4:00 p.m. with interviews being conducted from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and again on Friday, September 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (tentative at this time, may be changed to a virtual event).

    • Career Expo and Graduate School Fair – Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Virtual event—information will be published once details are finalized.

    • Hospitality Management Career Fair – Monday, October 12, 2020, 9:00 a.m.–Noon, Hadley Union Building (tentative at this point, but may be changed to a virtual event).

    As always, please let us know how we can most effectively collaborate to support you and ensure you continue to advance your educational, career, and organizational goals. Thank you.

    • We’re inviting you to please follow us on social media (accounts listed below) to stay up to date with programming and services, to receive valuable career information and tips, and to ask career-related questions.

      • Twitter and Instagram: @IUP_CPDC
      • Facebook: @iupcareerdevelopmentcente
      • LinkedIn Groups: IUP Career Development and Networking + IUP Alumni
    • We will also be posting additional career resources on our website in lieu of the live programming we typically do throughout the academic year.

    • If you’d like us to do a virtual workshop or presentation for your organization, please complete the online workshop request form available on our website, and we’ll do our best to accommodate all requests.

    • Please feel free to reach out to any of our team members.

    The Career and Professional Development Center offers a vast array of services for career-oriented students and graduates. Our goal is to help students to become more confident in their professional development and networking abilities so they can make informed decisions about graduate schools and career opportunities.

    In college you spend a lot of time trailblazing and learning new things. It can be totally overwhelming, but there is a whole community willing to help. For me, the IUP Career and Professional Development Center was integral in my success. I got my first professional headshot, honed my interview skills, and practiced networking in many different situations. Without the career center, my first real interview would have been a lot scarier and my LinkedIn profile would be lackluster.

    A few years into my career, I now review resumes and interview candidates. I can vouch that recruiters only spend mere seconds on each résumé. You may be great in person, but we have to look at a lot of applications, and one small error could mean you don’t make the cut. Getting a job and learning to be professional takes time, so why not go to the experts for help?

    —Elena Kapp ’16
    International Business

    Mock Interviews and Etiquette Dinners

    Mock Interviews and Etiquette Dinner Policies

  • Handshake Online Job-Posting System logo with the word handshake and a stylized  capital H that looks like two people shaking hands

    Handshake Highlights


    Handshake is a one-stop shop for students to prepare and launch their careers; and for companies, nonprofits, and organizations of all shapes and sizes to find, recruit, and hire IUP alumni. Handshake uses data to help students find jobs or internships that best match their interests. 


    IUP alumni can sign up for Handshake using their personal email address. The IUP Single Sign-On function is available only for current students. If you are a current student, do not fill out the Alumni Registration Form, since your account has already been created.


    • Multi-school job posting—with just a few clicks, post your job across dozens of schools, for free. (Please register using a permanent staff member’s name and email address as the organization’s contact, and not someone in a temporary or internship position.)

    • Powerful applicant filtering—narrow down potential hires to the best fits through our advanced filter options.

    • Dedicated employer training and support—Handshake University will quickstart your experience with weekly webinars, videos, and help articles. Employers can also contact Handshake’s world-class support team for hands-on help.

    • One account, 350 schools! Ditch the dozens of websites, logins, and passwords. With Handshake you get a single integrated network.

    Career Resources for Students and Alumni with Disabilities

    The IUP Career and Professional Development Center staff are committed to helping students and alumni with visible and non-visible disabilities find gainful and satisfying employment. A list of resources is available to assist students and alumni with their job search. 

    Please contact our office at 724-357-2235 or if you have any questions or wish to schedule a virtual appointment with one of our career counselors.

    Graduates throwing caps in the air

    Have you wondered what you can do with a degree in Philosophy? How about one in Physics or Safety Sciences? The What You Can Do With Your Degree pages feature comments from recent IUP graduates and suggestions for which professions work best with which degree. Check it out!

    Check out our Career and Professional Development Center Blog.

    Request a Career-Oriented Workshop

    The Career and Professional Development Center offers a variety of career-oriented workshops that may be valuable to your curriculum or student organization. To make this process more convenient for you, trained career consultants will present these topics on an as-needed basis. During the fall 2020 semester, workshops will be delivered virtually.

    Faculty Assignment Request Form  

    If you require or offer extra credit to your students to create/update their resumes or meet virtually with the CPDC for any of our services, please let us know by completing the Faculty Assignment Request form.

  • Resume Reviews and Career Information 

    If you need to have your résumé reviewed, but don’t have the opportunity to stop by our office, you can send it to Your résumé will be reviewed by one of our career consultants, and you will receive feedback.

    We make every effort to be timely in the approval process, but it may take up to five or more business days to review and provide feedback on your resume. Processing time may increase during busy times of the year (e.g., before a career fair, large networking event, or when all students in a class are required to have their résumés reviewed). 

    Be aware of job and internship application deadlines, and begin the résumé approval process well before an application is due. If you have an urgent need to have your résumé reviewed, please contact our office directly at 724-357-2235 or email your request to    

    Drop-in Hours: Fall and Spring Semesters 

    Due to the impact of COVID-19, Drop-In and Quick Question hours will not be held during the fall 2020 semester.